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12- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 NEW KITCHENS Quality Design & Installation For Kitchens & Baths 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE FINANCING AVAILABLE 644-9006 RT24JUSTOFF RT 1 AT FAMILY DOLLAR MALL Bill Cheyney, Larry McLaughlin and Ted.Greene check out some of the munition for this weekend's competition, r Some of the members of the Old Glory team include (1.r) Phil "Skill" Williams, Gary Hicks, Joe "Wolfman" Thomas, John Darden and Sidney Long. Chunkin' Continued from page 1 measurement easier." The Aludium Q36 Pumpkin Modulator from Morton, I11., an air cannon, won last year's com- petition with a record-breaking throw of 2,710 feet. Lackhove took the tide the year before with a throw of 2,629 feet. Getting serious Lackhove said this year's com- petition should make for an excit- ing show. "We're all friends but we're taking it seriously for the next couple of days. The Road- house has done another good job getting this together. Pete [Townsend, owner of the Road- house] has been very cooperative and Amy Simpson, who's been handling details in the office, has been right on top of things." Lackhove said the human-pow- ered Punkin' Chunkin' division is growing by leaps and bounds. "There will be a dozen or so com- peting for that money. But I'm a little disappointed with the youth division. Those numbers are , fe,',Vee ,'.ff 2,')e,;,,M-d,dr,,,e'd ,e, get off their butts and away from the computers. They need to get outside and do something like this. I know kids who go home from school, plant themselves in front of a computer and never see broad daylight again until they leave for school the next day." This year's "Unlimited" divi- sion is stronger than ever. Larry McLaughlin, past Punkin' Chun- kers president and world record holder, said 15 teams have signed up for the Unlimited division. "That's up from last year's 13,'" said McLaughlin. "And the facili- ties this year are better than ever.'" McLaughlin and his team mem- bers were tuning up their centrifu- gal machine. "We have a whole new look this year. All we kept was our 350 Chevy engine, with a lot of secrets inside. We junked the rest. We followed Donnie Jef- ferson's lead and switched our pumpkin holder from a basket to a sling. Everyone thinks that workss better for the centrifugals. The furthest we've thrown in competi.- tion is 1,760 feet, but this year I'rm looking for 2,500?' Warrior team psyched Punkin' Chunkin' veteran Bill Thompson said the Warrior team is fielding three machines for this year's competition. The entry in the youth competition is called Young Glory, the air cannon go,- ing for the world record is Old kaT/, aezd the "antique" entry is the former world record holder Ultimate Warrior which is a whirling centrifugal machine. "Q Aludium 36 is our only wor- ry," said Thompson while doing some fine tuning on his Ultimate Warrior machine Thursday." Joe "Wolfman" Thomas, cap- tain of the Old Glory team, said the air cannon's been reconstruct- ed since it threw a second-place 2,469 feet in Illinois competition. "We had 67 feet of barrel when we were out there. Now we've added another 40 so we have a barrel 107 feet long. It's in my blood now. I've got the fever, I've got the blood. We'll be shooting about 4,000 feet." John Darden of Boykins, Va., and Sidney Long of Branchville, Va,. drove many hours to be part of the Old Glory team. "We take annual leave to do this," said Dar- den. "That's how serious we are." "We built her to win," said Thomas. "We're going to show the boys how to throw pumpkins this year." Thousands of dollars in prize money await the teams that throw pumpkins the farthest. The Lewes Church of Christ, 2,500 feet in a direct line from the Punkin' Chunkin' throwing area, has again mounted a target on its roof invit- ing the chunkers to "Throw It Here." There's another 1,000 feet of woods beyond the church and this yer each team wi?l have a spotter at the end of the field to keep track of pumpkins. The final competi- tion on Sunday is being speeded up to beat darkness and throwing will begin each day at noon. Seri- ously. Furmtum Restorers, Inc. Finish Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. Renishing- Remove the existing finish, stain and adjust color, and apply a new finish to last for years. LARGE SUITES A SPECIALTY! Repairs & Touch-Up - One year warranty on repairs. 110 New Road At the Lewes Ice Plant Lewes, Delaware 19958-9573 Kieth A. Miller & Lewis W. Miles, Proprietors 302/645-9097 Tues.- Sat. 8:30 to 4:30 Closed Sun. and Mon. 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